Cicada Swarm '87! When I was a junior high student in Northern Virginia in 1987, I experienced
There were more of the 17-year cicadas in Northern Virginia in 2004, though not nearly as overwhelming a swarm (development probably dug up or completely buried many broods; development in that area has been huge in that time span). I wasn't in the region during that revival (my spring 2004 trip didn't coincide), but I was getting once again to listen to Don Geronimo and Mike O'Meara, the D.C.-area DJs I'd listened to in the 80s and 90s and who by then had their show syndicated to, among other places, my current home of Portland. That year, one of their interns brought a tape onto their show. The intern, back in 1987 when he was a budding student of radio, had gone outside and recorded that buzzing noise; he knew he'd want to keep it. So in 2004, I and other Don and Mike listeners got to hear that noise again.
Not dissimilar to the vuvuzela drone, at least to my mind. But apparently the vuvuzela drone is EVEN LOUDER. Ear plugs, people!